Current events snapshot: Mid-Autumn in Hong Kong

It’s the Mid-Autumn Festival today and Roman and I are lucky enough to be in Hong Kong for the celebration!

I’m by no means an expert on the holiday, but I know it’s based at least in part on moon and harvest festivals and is tied loosely to the equinox – the occurrence of the length of the day and night being equal somehow allowing the goddess of the moon to be reunited with her lover, a famous archer who lives in a palace on the sun – for this one day in the year. Romantic stuff and I love it! πŸ™‚

The holiday is celebrated with many traditions, among them eating moon cakes, parading with lanterns and moon gazing. We didn’t have any cake or lanterns, but we did get to enjoy a splendid view of the moon above the city this evening, before heading back down to check out the festival at Victoria Park. Check out that view! (image should be clickable for a closer look)

3 thoughts on “Current events snapshot: Mid-Autumn in Hong Kong

  1. Honestly, Jen, that is one of the most spectacular photos I have ever seen. Ever. Wow.

    Happy Mid Autumn Festival! And definitely see if you can get your hands on some moon cakes–they’re tasty! (Jealous!)

    • Thanks Heath! πŸ™‚ It felt great to be up there on the hill with the wind and clouds and moon so close, looking down on the city all lit up. What the picture fails to convey is the long lines and big crowds involved in getting there, but the view and air were totally worth it! πŸ˜‰ Will see if I can find some moon cake before we leave HK! Hugging you!

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